It's often difficult to find time for ourselves, especially if your busy or work often, but finding time for ourselves, especially if it's for a professional massage, can make a world of difference to your health and well-being. Massage therapy has been used by many cultures around the world for generations as a method of natural healing, to target specific areas of pain and dysfunction or maintain overall health.

 

 

 

Physical benefits of massages can range from improved circulation to lower stress levels; the mental benefits include increased awareness and concentration. Here are a few other benefits of regular massage therapy that might make you feel a little less guilty about finding precious time for yourself.

  1. Improves posture - with regular massages, your posture can slowly and more naturally improve as the muscles around the spine become more supple and flexible. Your improved posture will also help your breathing and relieve tension throughout the body. For more serious problems, however, it's highly recommended that massage therapy not be used as a replacement for a chiropractic diagnosis.

  2. Enhances skin tone - During regular massages, and with the use of high-quality oils and creams that therapist use, skin cells are revitalized, skin is moisturized and your overall skin appearance improves.

  3. Calms your mind, reduces anxiety - The environment during a massage is usually a calming, very quiet one. This gives your brain a chance to organize thoughts, reduce stressful thoughts and relax your overall state of mind. Because stress and anxiety is stored in key areas of the body - the lower back, shoulders, abdomen and neck - relieving tension in these areas can give you the feeling of "letting go" of your stress.

  4. Boosts immune system and dietary functions - Scientists have discovered that massage can reduce blood pressure, boost the immune system and stimulates the brain's vagus nerve. This will cause the secretion of food-absorption hormones, including insulin.

With overall benefits such as stress reductions, improved circulation, tension relief, lowered heart rate and blood pressure, and strengthening of the immune system, your body and mind is now more relaxed for a good night's sleep. Of course, you don't want to reverse all those benefits, so make sure that you're sleeping on a comfortable mattress and pillows that are right for your body and sleep position.

What method of relaxation do you most prefer?